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Nash lifts Blue Jackets past Maple Leafs

Feb 20, 2009 - 4:51 AM
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Captain Rick Nash scored the decisive goal in the shootout after recording a tally and an assist in regulation, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Jason Williams also tallied in the bonus format for the Blue Jackets, who are 6-0-1 over their last seven games.

R.J. Umberger and Kristian Huselius scored in regulation and Manny Malhotra added a pair of assists for Columbus.

"Every night we can get two points is huge, especially when we played back-to-back games," Huselius said. "We were kind of sloppy; looked tired but still, we came up with the win. So that shows a lot of character."

Nik Antropov netted a pair of goals, Jamal Mayers tallied and Alexei Ponikarovsky had two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have lost six of their last eight contests.

"We had a lot of chances, a couple empty nets," Antropov said. "It's frustrating to lose like that. We had the game in hand, but at the end of the night, it's a loss."

Williams opened the scoring in the shootout despite losing control of the puck on his attempt. The move still fooled Toronto rookie goaltender Justin Pogge, who let the puck slide past him.

"You can ask the goalies here, I've done it on them a couple of times," Williams said. "It's just one of those moves that is kind of risky, but it paid off and I'm glad it did."

After Jason Blake provided the answer by banging his ensuing attempt off the goalpost and in for the Maple Leafs, Nash converted his chance with quick snap shot to recapture the advantage for the Blue Jackets.

"We've been struggling a bit on the penalty shots," Nash said. "The first one was lucky, Willy kind of tricked him. I was lucky to get one in to win it."

Rookie Steve Mason, who finished with 32 saves, stopped Lee Stempniak's attempt to secure a milestone win for Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock.

The 57-year-old Hitchcock became the 13th coach in NHL history to reach the 500-win mark. He is tied with Hall of Famer Toe Blake for 12th on the all-time list.

Facing a 3-2 deficit entering the final session, the Blue Jackets tied the contest 98 seconds into the period. Nash controlled the puck behind the net and delivered a centering pass to Huselius, who fired a one-timer past Pogge.

"We were back right away in the third, got some good shifts and scored right away to tie it up," Huselius said. "We just played solid all the way."

Pogge, who did not make a save in the shootout, stopped 31 shots before the bonus format.

"(Pogge) played well," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "He was solid and gave us a chance to win the game."






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    TORONTO 1 2 0 0 (1) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) NIK ANTROPOV 19 (PAVEL KUBINA, ALEXEI
    PONIKAROVSKY) 12:39
    COB - RICK NASH 25 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, MANNY MALHOTRA) 19:59
    2ND PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 20 (JAKUB V

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    COLUMBUS 1 1 1 0 3
    TORONTO 1 2 0 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) NIK ANTROPOV 19 (PAVEL KUBINA, ALEXEI
    PONIKAROVSKY) 12:39
    COB - RICK NASH 25 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, MANNY MALHOTRA) 19:59
    2ND PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 20 (JAKUB VORACEK,

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    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) NIK ANTROPOV 19 (PAVEL KUBINA, ALEXEI
    PONIKAROVSKY) 12:39
    COB - RICK NASH 25 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, MANNY MALHOTRA) 19:59
    2ND PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 20 (JAKUB VORACEK, JASON WILLIAMS) 11:42
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    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) NIK ANTROPOV 19 (PAVEL KUBINA, ALEXEI
    PONIKAROVSKY) 12:39
    COB - RICK NASH 25 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, MANNY MALHOTRA) 19:59
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    TORONTO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
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    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) NIK ANTROPOV 19 (PAVEL KUBINA, ALEXEI
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    COB - RICK NASH 25 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, MANNY MALHOTRA) 19:59
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